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DoI 'instrumental' in safeguarding progress, says Johnston

Safeguarding chair pleased with efforts to date

The person tasked with helping government protect vulnerable people from harm says she's happy with improvements to safeguarding on the Isle of Man

Glenys Johnston OBE, the independent chair of the Safeguarding Board, singled out the Department of Infrastructure for praise, calling it 'instrumental'.

She referenced the introduction a new four-stage eviction process, and providing more information about the process to tenants.

It's also worked with local authorities to profile at risk tenants, and also with charities to ensure a more 'joined-up' approach.

Ms Johnston's comments came after she was quizzed by the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee today (7 Dec).

When asked by the committee what barriers the Island faces when it comes to safeguarding, she says ensuring there's adequate staff is a key consideration.

The issue of eviction has come into focus with emergency laws banning eviction based on covid-caused rent arrears ending on Boxing Day.  

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